Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night

Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night is a documentary on outsourcing of American jobs to India. Told from the perspective of an Indian living in the U.S., the film journeys into India’s call centers, where telemarketers acquire American names and accents to service the telephone-support industry of the U.S. The film incorporates animation, live action, and archival footage to explore the  complexities of globalization, capitalism, and identity.

Duration: 26 min. 40 sec.
Writer/Director: Sonali Gulati
Animation Cast: Maori Karmael Holmes, Jeff Perkins, Carolina Roca-Smith, Malati Rao
Production Format: Video
Screening Format: DVD/ VHS (NTSC) BETA SP (NTSC)

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Black Maria Film & Video Festival 2006

24th International Cinemateca Film Festival, Uruguay

39th Annual Humboldt International Film Festival

NextFrame Film Festival

16th Annual Rosebud Film & Video Festival

International Festival of Cinema and Technology (IFCT) 2008

International Festival of Cinema and Technology (IFCT) 2008


Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, New York, NY
Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Washington, DC
International South Asian Film Festival, New York, NY
Black Bear Film Festival, Milford, PA
Independent South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, WA
The Politics of Visual Culture, CAA (College Arts Association), Boston, MA
NextFrame Film Festival, Juried Conference Screening UFVA (University Film & Video Association) Conference Columbia College, Chicago, IL
9th Annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival, Starkville, MS
DisOrient Asian American Film Festival, Eugene, OR
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY
Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival, Sarasota, FL
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, NJ
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Rosebud Film Festival, Arlington, VA
11th Annual Chicago Asian American Film Festival, Chicago, IL
9th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, NY
University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
24th International Cinemateca Film Festival, Uruguay
Black Maria Film & Video Festival, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Newport Beach Film Festival, Newport Beach, CA
Indianapolis International Film Festival
California State University, Fresno
22nd Annual VC Asian Pacific Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
Black Maria Film & Video Festival, Hirshhorn Musuem, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
SouthSide Film Festival, Bethlehem, PA
Urban World Film Festival, New York, NY
Artwallah Festival
29th Asian American International Film Festival, Manhattan & Long Island, NY
WYBE Public TV station, Philadelphia, PA
DOCNZ International Documentary Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
DC Labor Film Festival, Washington, DC
Rice University Media Center, Houston, TX
Kansas International Film Festival, Kansas City, KS
Cinema@Ti-Ahwaga's Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival
Yale University, New Haven, CT
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
University of Alaska at Fairbanks
Kyoto University
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Storyville, Scribe Video Center
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Women Without Borders Film Festival, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
University of Albany, Downtown Campus, Albany, NY
7th Annual F-Word Film Festival: A Celebration of Images by and about Women
Immigration and Globalization Film Series at NYU, New York, NY, Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 8pm
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
University of Hong Kong, Tuesday, March 20th , 6pm, Main Bldg 205
Hong Kong Baptist University, Wednesday, March 21st , 2007, 12:30pm; Venue: ACC109
University of Macau, Thursday, March 2nd , 2007, 6pm, STDM Auditorium, University of Macau Library
City University of Hong Kong, Tuesday, March 27th , 2007, 6:30pm, Screening Room R2178
Asian American Film Festival, Hong Kong and Macau, SAR China
Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival, Bristol, RI
Open-Ended Festival of Time-Based Media, Richmond, VA
Television Broadcast on NDTV 24x7
San Francisco Women's Film Festival, April 9th-13th 2008, San Francisco, CA
IFCT- The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology
12th International Siena Short Film Festival, Siena, Italy
Open-Ended Festival of Time-Based Media, University of Richmond, VA  
2008 San Francisco Women's Film Festival
Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL          
Women of Color Film Festival, Santa Cruz, CA            
Asian American Film Festival, Macau & China
National Museum of Women in the Arts' Festival of Film & Media Arts, Washington, D.C



“Insightful and humorous. A wonderful hybrid form that combines documentary footage with more whimsical animation and archival footage in this examination of the complex phenomenon of outsourcing jobs to India.”
—Kathy Brew, Managing/Co-Director, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival

“Timely and telling.”
—Black Maria Film Festival

“Unfold[s] with wit and humor on a subject of global importance
that will keep you laughing all the way home and thinking therafter. Definitely a documentary worth watching.”
—Maya Kulkarni, South Asian Women's NETwork

"This energetic, humorous documentary on India’s call-centre culture skilfully educates the viewer on the resolute connection between class, Anglo-American colonial history, globalisation, and the clash between national and regional cultures...An invaluable teaching tool."
—Shefali Chandra, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

"A welcome addition to the cinema of globalization...explores with care and insight, the rigorous and fascinating training that hopeful call center operators in India pursue...a charming and revealing look at a cultural phenomenon we hear about but rarely see."
—Tom Zaniello, Northern Kentucky University, author of "The Cinema of Globalization" (2007)

“A wonderful film…draws on personal history and economic theory to reveal the complex and surprising trajectories of globalization. Filmmaker Sonali Gulati hangs up on annoying solicitation calls, until she encounters a voice that properly pronounces her name. Her curiosity aroused, she traces the call to New Delhi, India, where day and night have been inverted to accommodate the pull of American consumer culture.”
—Thomas Shevory, Professor of Politics, Ithaca College